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Introduction NCAA Recruiting Rules Scholarship & Financial Aid Marketing and Parts to Game Plan Game Plan College Visit The Decision The Personal Statement Letters of Interest Athletic Profiles Campus Recruiting Visit Narrowing Choices and Check Lists


A.C.T. F.A.F. N.A.I.A. N.C.A.A. N.J.C.A.A. P.S.A.T. S.A.T. American College Test Financial Aid Form National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Collegiate Athletic Association National Junior College Athletic Association Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test Scholastic Aptitude Test


Thanks to Mr. Bob Goldberg and credit is given to Richard Castallo, Ed. D. SUNY Cortland for materials "Making The Right Choice." Special thanks to Pat Greco, Chairman, L.I.S.L. College Bound Player Committee, for granting permission to the Cardinal Soccer School. Coach Jeff Vagell, Director Cardinal Soccer School

This guide is designed for student athletes interested in playing intercollegiate sports. Its purpose is to give students an overview of the process of determining a college that meets both their academic and athletic needs. The important information found here will enable students and their parents to make an informed decision about their plans. Students should share the information with parents, coaches, and counselors. Students with unique athletic ability and talents can qualify for scholarships or special administration considerations. The usually gifted athlete may even be considered for a full scholarship. Because of their athletic ability, students can gain special admissions consideration making it possible for attend of their choice. Scholarship eligibility depends on a number of factors. The National Collegiate Athletic Association sets the rules and the regulations for collegiate athletics. The NCAA governs three separate divisions: Division I- most competitive athletically and allows full scholarships, Division II- the most competitive level athletically varying guidelines when distributing scholarships, Division III- allows no scholarships. Student athletes, however, regardless of what division they may compete in, can receive financial aid based on need. A Financial Aid Form (FAF) or Family Financial Statement (FFS) must be completed in order to qualify for financial aid. Some colleges have mixes of Division across sports. Springfield College, for example, has Division I women's field hockey and Division III men's lacrosse. Other associations exist that govern the conduct of collegiate sports and each has its own specific guidelines regarding financial aid and academic eligibility. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association are but two of the others. It is important for you to inquire with the college coach recruiting you as to what association his/her school belongs to and what rules they must follow. Read the information in the pamphlet well. Ask questions of your counselors, coaches, and your athletic director. By doing these things you will provide for you and your parents a clearer picture of what your college experience might be like.

1. Be sure of arrangement in advance: a. time, date b. where to meet c. financial arrangement 1) who plays 2) how reimbursed 3) who included in the paid visit d. what to bring 2. Express a desire to meet with the chairperson for your selected course of study. 3. Ask questions about the admissions procedure, and arrange to meet with a representative of the Admissions Office. 4. Try to see the campus on a "typical" school day. a. attend a class if possible b. attend a team practice if possible 5. Try to visit with players on your own. Talk with freshman and sophomores to get perspective on the first-year experiences. 6. Have questions prepared, and ask until you are satisfied that you have been given answers. 7. Be as observant as possible. Jot down notes to yourself after the visit regarding: a. facilities b. equipment c. appearances d. conversations e. names f. incidents g. information h. policies i. procedures j. deadlines 8. Whether or not the visit was paid, write a thank you letter to the coach after you return home.

1. College coaches may contact you in person off the college campus only on or after July 1 after completion of your junior year. Coaches may contact you off the college campus three times. However, a college coach may visit you high school (with approval of the high school principal) only once during a contact period. 2. Phone calls from coaches and faculty members are not permitted until or after July 1 after completion of your junior year. After July 1, a college coach or faculty member is limited to one phone call per week to you (or your parents or legal guardians). Unlimited calls can be made to you under the following circumstances: ·During the five days immediately before your official visit by the college that you wish to be visiting; ·On the day of a coach's off-campus contact with you by that coach; and ·During the First National Letter of Intent signing date period in your sport through the two days after the signing date. 3. Accept a maximum of one expense paid visit ("official visit") to no more than five different

NCAA membership institutions. Each campus visit is limited to a maximum of 48 hours. Before an official visit you must provide the college with your academic transcript and a score from a PSAT, SAT, or ACT test taken on a national test date under national testing conditions. 4. During your official visit you may accept round-trip transportation from your home or high school to the campus. You (and your parents) may receive meals, lodging, and complimentary admissions to campus athletic events. All meals must take place in an on-campus dinning facility that the college's students normally use. While at athletic events, you may not be given special seating (i.e. press box or bench area). 5. Letters from coaches, faculty members, and students are permitted any time after September 1 at the beginning of your junior year. 6. You (or your parents) may telephone a coach at your expense as often as you wish. 7. You may visit campuses as many times as you want as long as you pay your own expenses.

1. Talk to a member of a college's athletic staff in person off the college campus prior to July 1 after the completion of your junior year in high school. 2. Receive more than one expense-paid visit to the same college campus. 3. Make any in-person contact, talk on the telephone, or receive letters from alumni boosters. Also, enrolled student-athletes may not make recruiting telephone calls to you. 4. Receive any money or other inducements (i.e. clothing, cars, transportation, and improper expenses). 5. Participate in any athletic practice, tryout, or test in your sport while visiting a college campus. 6. Accept free admission to away games. Accept souvenirs (i.e. T-shirts, sweatshirts, and college mementos).

Each year the nation's colleges and universities award millions of dollars in grants-in-aid to student athletes. Each year a significant percentage of available assistance in not awarded partly because recruiters and coaches with limited budgets are unable to locate qualified students. And partly because qualified students are either unaware of all the potential opportunities or uncertain about how to go after them. Undoubtedly, the easiest way to win an athletic scholarship is to be a star. Particularly in "major" sports like football or basketball, which get considerable coverage in local papers. Top talent is never kept a secret and an outstanding high school athlete will find his mailbox overflowing with interested coaches. But if you're not a star, or you're an average athlete, you may never see or hear from a recruiter despite the fact that you may scholarship material. The task then, is to understand all the rules fully, so you don't inadvertently preclude yourself from financial aid. It is important to learn how to look for an athletic scholarship. 1. One needs to find a comprehensive listing of where the sports are being played. NCAA sports sponsorship Men's and Women's fall-winter-spring sports contains listings of Institutions that sponsor NCAA varsity collegiate sports. Write to: The National Collegiate

Athletic Association

6201 College Blvd. Overland Park, Kansas 66211 Phone: (913) 339-1906 2. Develop a strategy for winning a grant-in-aid. A. Know the rules of college recruiting. B. Learn about the types of aid available at different schools. 1.Outright scholarship 2. Awards based on financial need. 3. How does one establish contact with college coaches? 1. research 2. letter writing 3. telephone calls The search for athletic scholarships should be coordinated with the overall process of picking a school. The process is called "cross matching" (matching ones athletic and academic ability).

The NCAA allows Division I and II colleges to award full or partial scholarships to athletes. An athletic scholarship is awarded for more than one academic year. Scholarships shall not exceed the actual cost of tuition and fees, room, board, and required course related books. All financial aid at Division III College is based on financial need.

Your choice of a college should be considered first on the basis of academic merit! It is important to realize that the academic level of the college or university has nothing to do with its competitiveness. It does no good if the recruiting coach can have you admitted under "special talent" and you can't compete academically with the other students. Gaining admission is only the beginning. Staying in and graduating is what counts.

DIVISION I 1. The most highly skilled level of competition. 2. Colleges that compete in Division I usually offers scholarships. 3. Much more emphasis is placed on sports at Division I schools. DIVISION II 1. Athletes at this level may still receive fell athletic scholarships. 2. Athletes that play Division II are not interested in the pressure and competitiveness of a Division I school. They would rather be a "big fish in a small pond." DIVISION III 1. Generally speaking, the least competitive division athletically. However, there are examples of very competitive sports programs at the Division III level. 2. Division III schools does not give athletic scholarships. These schools however, have academic and financial need packages that can be awarded.

The term "scholarships very often has been used in an all inclusive way. It should be noted that the term "scholarship" is referred to in different ways throughout varied sources. It could include any one or combination of other terms, such as financial aid, grants, loans, work-study programs, and aid from private or government sources. Very often the amount and the method of scholarship is dependent on the level or division of play at which a particular college competes. It is important for the student-athlete and parents to understand. 1. What type of financial package (if applicable) that is being discussed. 2. What are the obligations, terms, conditions, and longevity of such arrangements. 3. How the financial package compares to the actual cost of attending that particular institution. 1. An athletic scholarship is money given to athletes for college expenses; tuition, room, board, books, lab fees. In return for this scholarship an athlete is expected to play a sport for a particular college. Schools are allowed to give partial scholarship so more players can receive some financial help. IVY LEAGUE does not allow athletic scholarships. Only Division I and II schools are allowed to give athletic scholarships. 2. Financial Aid is money given to any college student who could not afford to go to college without some financial assistance. This aid is given to a student based upon need as determined by a form completed by a student and his or her parents. Both forms are based on the results of federal income tax for 1040. 3. Financial Aid Package is made up of three parts: loans, work study, and grants. A. Loans are monies that must be paid back by graduation. B. Work-Study is money earned by working a few hours each week on campus. Usually the maximum is 10 hours of work per week. C. Grants are awarded monies, something like a gift. They do not have to be paid back and you do not have to work to earn them. Grants are like scholarships. Financial aid packages can vary significantly from college to college. If you are an athlete the way your financial aid is distributed between loans, grants, and work-study can depend on how much the coach wants you and how much grant money is available at the time.

1. Newspaper clippings can be a valuable tool. A coach who likes what he or she sees in the clips may follow up by talking with your high school coach. 2. Many colleges tend to concentrate their recruiting efforts in a limited geographical area. Usually this is the result of financial and staff limitations, although sometimes it is the result of conference rules. 3. Many coaches rely on statewide directories or recruiting services that give statistics or scouting reports on high school athletes. 4. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 says that no one can be denied the benefits of any program receiving federal money on the basis of sex. Schools therefore have to give male and female equal benefits. In addition, it states that scholarship dollars must be divided equally. 5. Video stops are very useful. Tapes should slow you as a player in the flow of the game and in the interaction with other team players. Provide your uniform color , number, and position.

The Game Plan begins on the next page and it refers to several things with which you should be familiar. They are: A Personal Statement This essay should include information not found elsewhere. You may write about athletics, hobbies, personal characteristics, academics, significant events in your life, etc. This letter allows you to let the reader know the personal you. An Initial Letter of Interest to Prospective: These are sample letters to college coaches and you may use them as a guide when you write to coaches. An Activity Sheet: This sheet lists all your high school activities. Volunteer activities and job experiences can also be included. An Athletic Profile Sheet: This sheet briefly describes your accomplishments written in outline form. The profile sheet also lists selected academic information and names of coaches who would be willing to write letters of recommendation for you. You should try to include a photograph with the profile.

A. Freshman/Sophomore Year Academic Tasks: 1. Take a strong academic course load so you will meet the NCAA regulations at graduation. The regulations state that before you must successfully complete: 3 years of English 2 years of social studies 2 years of math 2 years of science 2 college of preparatory electives In these 11 courses you must maintain a 2.00 for all courses taken during high school. 2. In your Sophomore year consider taking a PSAT which will give you an early look at the format of the SAT and also as an early indicator of some strengths and weaknesses. Athletic Tasks: 1. Begin to develop a sports record of athletic accomplishments. 2. Participate in select programs for advanced coaching, high level of compensation, exposure. 3. Attend summer camps to improve skills, experience living away from home to compare current skills with others. B. Junior Year Academic Tasks: 1. Work with your guidance counselor to develop a list of possible schools you might attend based on your athletic and academic achievements. 2. Continue to take strong academic courses. Your junior year grades are very important. 3. Register for or take the required standardized tests: PSAT, ACT, and SAT. 4. Attend college nights and fairs, read and all literature sent to you. Send postcards requesting information. 5. Develop an Extracurricular Activity worksheet. 6. Investigate if your school has a college search computer program. 7. Visit college campuses. 8. Summer SAT Prep course if necessary (investigate such courses first; consult with Guidance).

Athletic Tasks: 1. Develop an athletic profile sheet. 2. Ask your coach to thoroughly evaluate your athletic skills and recommend the appropriate level of collegiate competition. 3. Collect all the newspaper clippings in which you are listed. 4. Read the booklet "NCAA Guide for the College Bound Athlete". This booklet summarizes rules and regulations that govern recruiting aid, and transferring. 5. Attend summer camps. Consider attending one at a college you might most like to attend. Especially if the coach of that program knows you are interested in that school. 6. Ask your coach to be active on your behalf by responding to questionnaires and by calling or writing college coaches. C. Senior Year Academic Tasks: 1. Send for college applications early in the fall. 2. Register and take the standardized test as early as possible. 3. Update your Extracurricular Activity Sheet and include it with your application. 4. Write a personal statement and include it with your application. 5. Complete your college applications and give them to your guidance counselor to mail to the admissions office. 6. Apply for financial aid by completing the FAF form. This form must be mailed after January 1st. 7. Schedule visits to school where you have applied. Tour the campus and talk with an admissions representative. Athletic Tasks: 1. Write to college coaches to express your interest in their school and athletic program. Include Athletic Profile. Inform him or her if your application has been sent. Include a copy of your season's schedule. 2. Respond to any general college questionnaires and specific athletic inquiries from coaches. 3. Ask your coaches to write letters of recommendation for you. 4. Market yourself. Do not sit and wait to be contacted. You must take the initiative and work on your own behalf. 5. Visit every college you are seriously considering. Talk with athletes to find out what they like or don't like about the program or coach. 6. Make a list of the positives and negatives of each school immediately after the visit.

If the visits on your own, be sure you called ahead or write both the admissions office and the athletic office and make appointments to meet with their representatives. Things to Consider 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. The academic program and atmosphere. Is there an alternative program you could transfer to? Do most of the athletes graduate? The type of campus and climate: rural or urban setting? Size of enrollment, make-up, co-ed, etc. Distance of school from home. Types of dorms and dorm living arrangements. Type of people on campus, talk to non-athletes. Is there a Freshmen program? Demands on athletes (daily time, classes, off-season). Athletic facilities Size of squad, both in number and physical size. Caliber of athletes. Talk to team players- not just starters. Campus activities. Position they might consider you for.

Many colleges abide by the National Letter of Intent. This letter should be signed before any institutional or conference letter of intent. Dates vary for some sports, so check with your coach or call NSCAA.

A good personal statement makes more than a news item, an SAT score, or an athletic statistic. It makes you a real person to the coach or admissions officer who is reviewing your file. It tells him or her what it is that makes you special- a "cut above" the hundreds, even thousands of others who are seeking the same opportunity as you. When composing your Personal Statement, consider the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What are you goals as a student? As an athlete? For this year? For next? For a Career? How does your present performance measure up to your: Goals? Academic strengths? Level of Success? Choice of Electives? Do your SAT scores reflect current academic progress? What do they say about your potential? If your SAT scores are low, does your school record better reflect your ability and potential? Who says so? if you're not presently the "star" of your team, why do you continue to play? How's your commitment? How do you play as an individual? Are you a team player? Even if your team is not having a winning season, how does your contribution make a difference? What are your outside interests? Are you "well rounded?" What extracurricular activities have you participated in? Held any offices? Won any awards? Do you work after school? Where? How many hours? If your marks are still good, this may indicate that you know how to manage your time well. What is one thing about your high school career or athletic career that you are most proud of? What has frustrated you most?

6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Double-space your essay. Limit it to no more than one page. Rewrite, rewrite, and rewrite. Sign it at the bottom and include your social security number. Include it in the package with your Initial Letter of Interest, Athletic Profile, and Coach's Letter of Recommendation.

Athletics during high school has been a very important part of my life I would like to tell you it has been all fun and games, but unfortunate that has not been true for me. There have been frustrations, challenges, and rewards. Girls work as hard as boys and should be treated equally by the press, classmates, and school groups. Boys always seem to have priority and get most of the publicity on a regular basis. It's not uncommon for football teams to have half page spread in the papers while girl's soccer is lucky to get a few lines. This past week the boys football team had a good write-up and the box score printed for what was a rather uneventful game. The girls, in a very hard played and exciting 1-0 game, had only the score reported. Another thing that has been frustrating to me personally is the lack of Booster Club support for girls' athletics. On the day of Homecoming, the boy's football team all got hats and T-shirts. The girl's soccer team that is well on its way to the post season tournament received no special recognition. So why did I continue to play? For me, the challenges and rewards far outweigh the frustrations. It's somewhat difficult to explain the drive I have to be the best that I am capable of being. All I can say is that I do it for myself. Its' important for me to try and reach my athletic limits. At this point I'm not so sure what they are. I purposely chose team sports because I like being part of a group that eventually becomes a team working together. A sense of teamwork is when I'm sitting on a bench with an injury and have to rely on my teammates to finish the job. That's teamwork. I like sharing that goes on with my teammates. It makes the winning more enjoyable and the losing easier. I've gained so much satisfaction from being recognized by my accomplishments. Without the support and the help from my teammates, I probably would not have received All-Country honors during the past two years. The ultimate challenge now is to play intercollegiate soccer and to complete on a higher level and possibly be considered for an athletic scholarship to help make this possible.

Mr. John Ferrara Men's Soccer Coach University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 66045 Dear Coach Ferrara, I am a senior at Herricks High School and I am interested in attending the University of Kansas to study communications. I am also very interested in the possibility of playing soccer at K.U. I have been in the starting goalkeeper on my high school team for the past two years earning allcounty honors each of those seasons. I am enclosing my athletic profile. If you think my background and skill are good enough to play at the University of Kansas, I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks very much. Very Truly Yours, Mel Gibson Enclosure

March 1, 1993

John Q. Soccer 2020 Kick Lane Soccerville, N.Y. Attention: Director of Admissions: Dear Sir/Madam: I am very interested in knowing more about your college/university. Please send me a brochure and an application for admission. I am presently in my junior year at Clark High School. Thank you in advance for your attention. Respectfully,

John Q. Soccer

Rather than using the term Sir/Madam- try to use real names where possible, i.e. Dear Mr. Jones.



DOB: 10-5-75 Height: 5 ft. 9 ½ Weight: 135 lbs. Position: Attacking Midfielder Graduation Class 1993 High School: Chamindale High School Address: Jackson Avenue and Emory Raod Mineola, New York 11501 High School Coach:Alex Struzerri Coaches Phone: (516) 795-8566 Grade Point Average:3.85 National Honor Society...SAT 5/02/92- Verbal: 680, Math: 630 (1210) Varsity Soccer: 1992 Varsity squad 1991 Varsity squad, starting midfield, attacking role, offensive center 1990 Junior Varsity, Catholic League finals 1989 Freshman squad Club Soccer: Syosset Soccer Club 1991-1992 Division I Levitton Soccer Club 1985-1991 Philadelphia Cup Bellmore P.A.L. 1980-1985 State Cup Finalists Long Island Select: Chosen to play in the Long Island Select program, participated in numerous premier tournaments throughout the Northeast. Self-Evaluation: I am able to play at all levels of soccer because of my ability to think quickly under pressure. In my role of attacking midfielder I am able to compliment the players around me, and I never give a pass to anyone that would make them look bad. I like to create opportunities for myself as well as for my teammates in order to get into a threatening attacking situation. Instruction: Vogelsinger Camp; L.I. Soccer Camp; Frank Schnur's Camp at Fordham University and Famingdale Soccer Camp with Bobby Wernersbach. Service: Worked as a junior counselor in Levittown Soccer Club "Snoopy" Program for 4,5 and 6-year-olds. References: Frank Schnur, Head Coach, Fordham University (212) 579-2757 Pat Greco, Long Island Junior Soccer League, College Bound Player Committee (516) 754-0026

PERSONAL DATA: Birth Date: May 12, 1973 Height: 5'6 ½" Weight: 125 lbs. Graduation Date: June 1991 ACADEMIC DATA: Northport High School Current H.S. Average: Laurel Hill Road Class Rank: Northport, N.Y. 11768 SAT (May, 1990) (516) 261-9000 ATHLETIC INFORMATION: ACT: National Jr. Society:

87 104 out of 498 400V 510M (retaken 11/90) 21 Grade 9


Position Outside Fullback; Wing Years playing: 10+years. Northport High School 1990 Captain Girls varsity; League Co-Champions; Suffolk County Champions; MVP Defense; All-League 1989 Girls Varsity; League Champions; Suffolk Cnty Champions 1988 Girls Varsity; League Champions; Suffolk Cnty Champions 1987 Girls Varsity; Starter as Freshman; Playoffs-Quarter Finalists East Northport Jr. High School 1986 Jr. High School Team- Starter 1985 Jr. High School Team- Starter CLUB SOCCER Northport- Cow Harbor United, Sea Serpents (1973's) 1980 to present Division I Champions: 1982-1986; 1988-1989; Co-Champions, 1990 L.I. Chase Cup Champions: 1989-1990 New York State Champions: 1983-1984-1985 Eastern Regional Champions: 1985 Champions and Finalists in many prestige tournaments, 1982 thru 1990 SELECT TEAMS New York State Select Team 1987 and 1989; Selected to Eastern RegionalCamp at Eastern Regional Tournament, University of Mass., Amherst, Mass, 1989 L.I. Jr. Soccer League Select Team `A', 1984 through 1988 L.I. Jr. Soccer League Select Tournament Championships: Pocno Cup, July, 1986 Tempe, Arizona Cup, November 1988; L.I. Jr. Soccer League Select Games Farmington, N.Y., August 1989

OTHER Varsity Basketball- 1988 Jr. Varsity Basketball- 1987 Catholic Youth Organization (C.Y.O.): Basketball: 1987-1988; All Star Team, League Champions, Starter Softball: 1986-1987 Selected "Most Athletic," June, 1987 EXTRACURICULAR & SERVICE Band-1985-1987 Chorus-1985-1987 Yearbook Committee-1987 School Newspaper "RAG"-1989-1990 Students for 60,000-1990-1991: Fundraising for the Homeless Pilgrim State (mental) Hospital Volunteer-1989 to Present, Food and Gift Distributor SADD Member-1988 MOM'S (Mother's of Multiples)-1987 ­1989, Volunteer Child Care during fundraising activities for St. Charles Hospital EMPLOYMENT Chef's of New York Restaurant 1989 to present: Lark field Road Hostess, Cashier & Counter Person East Northport N.Y. Histo-Cyte Lab 161 E. Main Street Huntington, N.Y. 11743 Mrs. Barbara Pincotts (Office Manager) REFERENCES Mr. Kevin McGinn Northport High School Northport, N.Y. 11768 (516) 261-9000 Mr. Jan Beijer Director of Health Northport High School Laurel Hill Raod Northport, N.Y. 11768 (516) 261-9000 Mr. David Prutting St. Anthony's High School Pigeon hill Road Huntington Station, N.Y. (5160 423-8000 1988-1989: Secretarial Assistant General Office Duties- filing, answering phones light typing.

Northport's Girl's Soccer Coach (1989-1990) Home: 610 Veterans Highway Hauppauge, N.Y. 11788 Northport Girl's Soccer Coach-1987

Home: 4 Mount Houron Court Farmingville, N.Y. 11738 Varsity Girls' Soccer Coach Home: 714 Third Avenue East Northport, N.Y. 77731


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